Martin Indyk, former American ambassador to Israel, will open the Jewish Federation's fifth annual Dosberg Notable Speaker Series at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9 in the Jewish Community Center, 2640 North Forest Road, Getzville.
Other speakers in the series include Muslim feminist Irshad Manji on March 3, social activist Leonard Fein on April 14 and journalist and Middle East peace process expert David Makovsky on June 16.
Indyk, who served as ambassador to Israel from 1995 to 1997 and from 2000 to 2001, is director of the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution.
Before his assignment to Israel, he was a special assistant to President Bill Clinton and principal adviser on Arab-Israeli issues, Iran, Iraq and South Asia.
Previously, Indyk was founding executive director for the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.
He also taught at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, the Middle East Institute at Columbia University and the Dayan Center for Middle East Studies at Tel Aviv University.
Manji, author of the best-selling "The Trouble With Islam," wrote the book while a writer-in-residence at the University of Toronto's Hart House. A frequent guest on TV talk shows and commentator in leading newspapers, she hosts "Big Ideas," a show on public education channel TVOntario.
Previously, she was national affairs editorialist for the Ottawa Citizen, the youngest person to sit on the editorial board of a Canadian newspaper, and produced and hosted "Queer Television," the world's first program on commercial television devoted to the lives of gay and lesbian people.
She recently received Oprah Winfrey's first Chutzpah Award and the Simon Wiesenthal Award of Valor.
Fein, a writer and teacher who taught at MIT in the 1960s and Brandeis University in the 1970s, founded Moment magazine in 1974, which became America's leading independent magazine on Jewish affairs.
He served as editor and publisher for 13 years. An essayist whose writing has appeared in dozens of newspapers, magazines and journals, he writes a syndicated op-ed column for the Forward.
In 1985, Fein founded Mazon: A Jewish Response to Hunger, which has become the primary means by which the American Jewish community takes part in the campaign against world hunger. In 1996, he founded the National Jewish Coalition for Literacy, which provides Jewish volunteer tutors for the Read America program.
Makovsky is a senior fellow and director of the Project on the Middle East Peace Process at the Washington Institute.
He also is an adjunct lecturer at Johns Hopkins University and a contributing editor to U.S. News & World Report. He formerly was executive editor of the Jerusalem Post.
He appears frequently as a radio and television news commentator and is author of "Making Peace With the PLO: The Rabin Government's Road to the Oslo Accord."
All talks in the series are open to the public. Tickets for the entire series are $30. Individual tickets are $8.
Study sessions will precede each of the talks. The first will be held Dec. 6 by study session chairman Harold Halpern.
For information or to buy tickets by phone, call 886-7750.